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The Importance of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone

The Importance of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.




Gal. i. 8, 9. Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any
other Gospel unto you than that which ive have preached unto
you, let him he accursed. As we said before, so say I now
again, If any man preach any other Gospel unto you, than
that ye have received, let him he accursed.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.




Gal. i. 8, 9. Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any
other Gospel unto you than that which ive have preached unto
you, let him he accursed. As we said before, so say I now
again, If any man preach any other Gospel unto you, than
that ye have received, let him he accursed.

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THE IMPORTACE OF THE DOCTRIE OF JUSTIFICATIO BYFAITH ALOE.BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M. A.Gal. i. 8, 9. Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach anyother Gospel unto you than that which ive have preached untoyou, let him he accursed. As we said before, so say I nowagain, If any man preach any other Gospel unto you, thanthat ye have received, let him he accursed.TO exercise candour and forbearance towards thosewho differ from us, is the duty of all : yet there are2050. J OF JUSTIFICATIO BY FAITH ALOE, 7bounds beyond which candour becomes indifference,and forbearance treason. In things which are non-essential, and only of secondary importance, weshould on no account be rigid : we should form ourown opinions, and leave others to follow their own judgment : yea, rather than grieve them by an un-necessary adherence to our own ways, we shouldconform to theirs, or at least forbear to prosecuteour own. This was the conduct of the Apostle Paul.He '^ bore with the infirmities of his weak brethren^:"he circumcised Timothy, in order that he might gainan easier access to them for their good\ " Hebecame all things to all men," that he might wintheir souls " : and rather than prove a stumbling-block to any, by using that liberty to which he wasintroduced by the Gospel, he would dechne the useof meat to the latest hour of his hfe"^. But was thishis practice when he came to things essential ? Didhe express no concern when he saw the whole city
 
of Athens given to idolatry ? Yes ; '' his spirit wasstirred within him," and he testified boldly againsttheir ignorant superstitions". When he perceivedthat some of the Corinthians were lax in their senti-ments and conduct, he told them plainly, that '' if any man defiled the temple of God, him would Goddestroy^." Thus, in the passage before us, he, whoon other occasions '' was gentle among them, evenhke a nursing mother cherishing her children^," wasfilled with indignation against those who pervertedthe '' Gospel of Christ," and denounced against everyone of them, even though he were an angel fromheaven, the most awful anathemas: yea, that theymight know the fixedness of his mind respecting it,he renewed his declarations, and repeated his ana-themas.Let us then inquire.What was the Gospel which Paul preached— * Rom. xiv. 1. and xv. 1. b Acts xvi. 3.<= 1 Cor. ix, 19—22. d ] Cor. viii. 13. " Acts xvii. 16,22.f 1 Cor. iii. 17. el Thess. ii. 7.I8 GALATIAS, I. 8, 9. [2050.On this point the utmost caution is necessary. TheApostle pronounces every one accursed that preachesany other Gospel different from that which he hadpreached to the Galatians. A mistake therefore inthis matter will be absolutely fatal to us.
 
Observe then, that the great doctrine which heinsisted on, yfSiS justification by faith alone without theworks of the law. This, I say, was the point whichhe maintained, in contradistinction to justificationby works, or by faith and works together : and this,namely, justification by faith without zoorks, was theGospel which he preached.Respecting this we can have no doubt, if we con-sider,1. The statements which he makes — [Here let us notice his train of argument, especially inthat part of the epistle which accords with a similar statementin the Epistle to the Romans. He observes, that Abrahamwas justified by faith ; and that we become partakers of hisbenefits by faith also'': that the law, instead of justifying,curses and condemns us': that the prophets asserted justifi-cation by faith, in direct opposition to justification by theworks of the law'': and that Christ redeemed us from thecurse of the law, not that we might afterwards be justified bythe law, but that we might enjoy his blessings through faith'.The Apostle then goes on to illustrate and confirm this bythe covenant which was made with Abraham. In this cove-nant God gave to Abraham, and to his believing posterity,the inheritance of eternal life. Four hundred and thirtyyears after, he gave the law to Moses, and made another cove-nant with the Jews respecting their possession of the earthlyCanaan. This latter covenant therefore, you perceive, wasmade between different parties; the former being betweenGod and Abraham, (including all the believing seed of Abra-ham, whether they were circumcised or not,) and the other,between God and the Jewish nation only : consequently, as aman's covenant cannot be annulled unless both parties consent,so the covenant which God made with the Jews cannot super-sede that which he had so long before made with Abrahamand his believing seed ; because the latter party were not pre-sent at the making of it, nor had they ever consented to annul

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